Financial Aid

Undocumented Students

Western Connecticut State University is an institution for all students and values excellence, engagement, and opportunity.


In-state tuition for undocumented students living in Connecticut

In 2011, the Connecticut General Assembly approved a law that allows undocumented students residing in Connecticut to pay in-state tuition at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities. In 2015, the legislature also reduced the requirement for Connecticut high school attendance from four years to two years. To be eligible for in-state tuition at a state institution, students must:

  • Be a resident of Connecticut
  • Have attended at least two years of high school in Connecticut
  • Have graduated (or received high school diploma equivalency) from a Connecticut high school or is enrolled at a public institution of higher education in this state.


Financial Implications

At this time, undocumented students do not qualify for state or federal financial aid funding. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities from private sources to assist in their educational endeavors.

The FAFSA is not required for undocumented students and those with DACA status attending Western Connecticut State University. Although they are currently not eligible for state or federal funding, students with DACA status who have a Social Security Number (SSN) may use it to complete the FAFSA in order to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) only. A SAR may help demonstrate need when a student is applying for institutional and other private scholarships. DACA students should select “No, I am not a citizen or eligible non-citizen” as a response to the “Are you a citizen?” question on the FAFSA.

Financing Opportunities at Western

Students may consider Payment Plan options offered through the Cashier’s Office to assist in meeting their educational expenses.

Students may also apply for Foundation Scholarship opportunities with the Office of Institutional Advancement. To be considered for a Foundation Scholarship, including merit and talent based awards, students must complete the Scholarship Application online. Applicants must either be enrolled or have applied through the Admissions Office to attend WCSU for consideration.

Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at or (203) 837-9820 with questions about Foundation Scholarships.


Please see the university website for Undocumented Student Support Services for more information.